That’s why Johanna Skottheim is completely missed – tells the truth after the tears this weekend: “She needs…”

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Johanna Skottheim was forced to break the last race in tears.
For the new World Cup weekend, the 28-year-old is completely missing from the blue-and-yellow national team squad.
Now comes the explanation for the Swede’s absence.

When the national biathlon team announced the new squad for the World Cup competitions in Ruhpolding, the big news was that Stina Nilsson poked for the first time this season. But even one name was preferably missing from the squad selection.

Skottheim’s tears

Namely Johanna Skottheim who had a tough weekend in Pokljuka last time. The 28-year-old did not get it at all during the start of the chase and missed five times during the first two shootings.

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221130 Johanna Skottheim of Sweden competes in women’s biathlon 15 km individual during the IBU World Cup on November 30, 2022 in KONTIOLAHTI. Photo: Kalle Parkkinen / BILDBYRÅN / COP 211 / KP0039

Which led to the compatriot Elvira Öberg lapped her and Skottheim was forced to break the race. After the start of the hunt, the Swede was in tears and refused to comment on what had happened.
– She felt that she was on the verge of getting sick. And it’s clear she’s sad, she’s had a pole for the rest of the year. Telling her to be happy with this doesn’t help. You have to allow her to be disappointed, the teammate said Mona Brorsson in a statement to the newspaper Expressen.

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“Johanna has…”

Skottheim’s name was then not included in either the squad for the World Cup or the squad for the IBU Cup that was made public on Tuesday. Now comes the explanation for the Swede’s unexpected absence.
– Johanna has gone home to Sweden now. She needs to train and find the right feeling again. We expect her to be back and competing at the EC in Lenzerheide at the end of January, says the national team’s head coach John Luke in an official press release.

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221026 In this handout image from the Swedish Biathlon Union, Sweden’s Johanna Skottheim is seen posing for a portrait on October 26, 2022 in Idre. Photo: Per Danielsson / Swedish Biathlon Federation / Handout / BILDBYRÅN

Biathlon European Championship in Lenzerheide starts on January 25 and runs until January 29. So far in her career, Johanna Skottheim has taken one individual podium at the World Cup and three relay podiums, but she has yet to win a championship medal.

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